Blanchard Millpond Steam and Gas Show

| February/March 1998

  • Tractors
    Tractors owned by Max and Judy Curtiss of Winn, MI.
  • Engines
    Engines owned by Bill and Kathy Mason of Millington, MI.

  • Tractors
  • Engines

10750 S. Vroman Road Shepherd, Michigan 48883-9352

The Blanchard Millpond Show had a very good turnout of exhibitors. Mother Nature rained on us Sunday, which seems to be the norm for a lot of shows here in Michigan this year.

The Antique Construction Equipment Demo on Saturday was very popular with the spectators. Don Merrihew of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, had his 820 John Deere tractor with a four-wheel handcock scraper and his JD 440 dozer.

Ron Miller of Weidman, Michigan, had his Osgood front shovel and a 1927 Caterpillar 30. Both were restored very nicely. Also, Glenn Higgins of Rosebush, Michigan had his dump truck, which was rather unusual.

Dale Sonke of Rockford, Michigan, was there with his beautifully restored Peerless portable 6 HP steam engine (circa 1890-1895) belted up to a buzz saw. He received a plaque from the show for having the oldest exhibit.

There is one steam traction engine at the show, owned by George Flaugher of Weidman, Michigan. The engine is a 1919 Frick. George had it belted to the saw mill and also put on the spark show Friday and Saturday evenings. We hope to have three or four steam traction engines in 1998.